Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Michigan State Spartan recruiting class.
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Apparently, Michigan State would like to get the offense going. Of course, throwing prospects at the problem won’t work with freshmen, but Mark Dantonio and company are bringing in the prospects to do something to address last year’s issues.
Okay, so that’s not how recruiting works. It’s not like MSU decided to recruit this way because the 2018 Spartan offense was five levels below pathetic. But for a frustrated fan base that saw a national championship-level effort from the defense get wasted by a totally inept O, this class has to feel good.
Last year’s class didn’t do much of anything for the skill spots, but it wasn’t awful. This year, it starts with the receivers and the three big ones coming in. 6-6, 215-pound Tre’Von Morgan was in with Iowa State, and wanted by Wisconsin, but he’s the type of physical target who should work out nicely for the Spartans.
Anthony Williams and Brandon Wright aren’t special prospects, but they’re interesting running back options for the near future behind a line that might be the strength of the class. JD Duplain is going to one day be a starting guard, and Spencer Brown is built to be a fixture at right tackle. There are enough good options in this class to push for depth chart time next year.
Payton Thorne was going to Western Michigan, and now he’s a Spartan. The quarterback isn’t a huge flip, but opinions were all over the place on him. He’s more of a high-end MAC talent, but Wisconsin and Iowa were in, and NC State made a push. He needs to get a bit bulkier, but he can sling it.
Last year had a huge class at defensive back, and now there aren’t any coming in. The shelves are stocked for a while – and with a load of talent – but next year the position will be a need.
The same goes for defensive tackle. That wasn’t a big deal in 2018 with just two coming in, and there weren’t any signed on this season. The Spartans could use a few Coke machines to develop, but run defense has hardly been a problem.
The team’s most interesting signing might by Jack Boumeester. The Spartans don’t need a placekicker – Matt Coughlin hit 18-of-22 field goals and all 25 of his extra points last year – but the new recruit from Australia is an option, even though he’s about to push hard to take over the punting duties.
The only thing missing from the typical Dantonio class is bulk. The recruits should fit in perfectly for what the program does, and again, the offensive options are eventually there to provide a boost. But there were only 19 signings, and there weren’t enough splashy stars.